Wife of Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, Valerie Ciolos-Villemin, on Thursday evening joined other artists at the Roman-Catholic Cathedral of Alba Iulia in staging a concert of sacred music in support of a national public fundraiser for the purchase of Constantin Brancusi’s sculpture “Wisdom of the Earth,” saying that donations should be made because the sculpture is a symbol belonging to the Romanian people.
“You may realise [what would happen]t if each of us donated 1 euro – we are 22 million here, let us ignore the children – but all employed people should contribute at least one euro; perhaps 10 million out of 20 million, then we would raise more [than necessary for the purchase] that perhaps could be used for something else as well,” said Valerie Ciolos-Villemin.
She said she had not donated yet, but that she will do so in the period immediately ahead.
“I am going to donate. I am the accountant at home, but I was away for two weeks and I did not donate, but now I will do it. Why donate? To me, it is about a symbol, about Brancusi, who is a Romanian, a man who always looked for the essence of things and who was an exceptional person. The statute rightfully belongs to the Romanian people. In fact, to me it is about a symbol, an archetype to which anyone can contribute what they can afford. As you can see, I have done my best here. I am no professional player, as you could see I also made mistakes, but I did my best, what I liked,” added Ciolos-Villemin.
Alongside soprano Alexia Trif, tenor Ioan Chiciudean, pianist Valentina Popovciuc and a children’s choir conducted by Boris Rancov, Valerie Ciolos-Villemin staged a concert of sacred music at the Roman-Catholic Cathedral of Alba Iulia, organised by the Ladies’ Academy as part of a camping ‘From Heart to the Community.’ The concert was designed to win the involvement of the local community in supporting the purchase by Romania’s Culture Ministry of Brancusi’s “Wisdom of the Earth.”
“I always feel very good here, because you are well-mannered people, and I feel great here in Alba Iulia. Thank you for your involvement. You are an active local community and I’d like you to go on,” said Ciolos-Villemin.
She added that she will spend Easter in Transylvania with her family.
“I am getting ready to enjoy it with them, to eat painted eggs and cozonac [sweet bread]. (…) I will help my mother-in-law make the sweet bread, in case she has not finished yet,” said the PM’s wife, adding that the cozonac is her favourite Easter food.
Prior to the concert in Alba Iulia, Valerie Ciolos-Villemin attended serval other events over the past months organised by the Ladies’ Academy, a project implanted by the Alba Iulia Inter-community Development Association.